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WebHancer is back

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Somehow that blight upon Internet users known as webHancer has found it’s way onto my system again. Browse or search my archives to find out why that’s a bad thing. After I get it removed this time, I have an idea to keep it from coming back. I’m going to leave the empty webHancer directory on my system and mark it as read-only. That way, the installer won’t be able to sneak it onto my system again.

I still don’t know where I got it from, although I read in a review of the product that it gets installed along with some Flash content. One more reason not to use Flash.

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